Power Ranking the 10 best Mets walk-up songs
This is what we do when our teams suck.
On the field, the Mets are almost unbearable. I went to last week’s 11–1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was my little brother’s first baseball game, and he was the most miserable human being alive for the three hours we were in our seats. The kid legitimately verbally abused my mom all day for getting tickets on a day that it rained and almost soiled himself when we got to our seats because he’s afraid of heights (I almost threw him off the third deck of Citi Field, no big deal).
To be completely honest, this blog post is coming at you solely out of the fact that the Mets STINK. Writing another blog about how their bullpen looks like a Little League team or how they should all play in full-body casts would bore all of us to death, myself included. The one thing I noticed at the game, though, is that the Mets walk-up songs absolutely bump. One through nine in the order all had straight tunes blasting throughout the stadium before each at-bat.
That being said, let’s take our minds off of the horrid performances on the field and focus on the bangers that the players love. Here are the top 10 Mets walk-up songs so far this year (note: I compiled most of this list at the June 4 game, however, the Mets list the entrance songs for every player on their website, and that helped fill in some gaps. Not all of these players played that day. This list is hitters only).
10. Travis d’Arnaud
Song: Bake Sale-Wiz Khalifa
It’s always something with d’Arnaud. When he’s not hurt, he’s slumping. When he’s not slumping, his noodle arm can’t throw anyone out. When he’s playing pretty well, he walks up to a fruitcake of a song (baking pun intended). The best part about this song is that I will never have to listen to the full song ever again after writing this post. As far as its function as a walk-up song, it’s pretty run-of-the-mill. It’s beat is hip-hop at its most mundane, meaning it’s fairly easy to drown out the horrible lyricism and get focused. I’m convinced that d’Arnaud will stop getting hurt if he changes this song (shout out Ray Ramirez).
9. Michael Conforto
While Conforto is largely underrated in the broad scope of baseball, this is an overrated song from an overrated artist off of an overrated album. It’s probably the best song off of Drake’s album More Life, to no credit of his own (for reference: I would follow Quavo to the end of our flat Earth if I have to). Even with a flute loop that sounds like hot garbage, it’s more tolerable than that grody clip from Wiz, which is why it takes the ninth spot. Also, Conforto > Judge.
8. Asdrubal Cabrera
Song(s): BumBum Granada-MC’s Zaac & Jerry/Hay Mi Dios-IAmChino
I think the AssMan gets the short end of the stick here. He went up with BumBum Granada, his third-string song, yesterday, which is pretty unfair considering his top choice is too lit to quit (Pitbull feature on Hay Mi Dios. Dále.). However, rules are the rules, and although BumBum has one of the most classic Latin beats (the beat’s official name is the clave for you uneducated plebs), it sounds like the vocals were recorded in someone’s basement and laid over the track in Garage Band. It probably should have been ranked higher, but Cabrera went 0-for-4 and made me angry so this is my way of spiting him.
7. Curtis Granderson
Song: Walk this Way-Aerosmith feat. Run DMC
The rest of this list would probably be at the top of anyone’s playlist; there’s a really small gap between these next seven. Grandy is coming out of his two-month slump and this song is a bop, so the seventh slot doesn’t really do it justice. Let’s be honest though, there are a million other Aerosmith songs and a million other Run DMC songs that I would rather enter with than this one. It’s like pineapple and pizza; they’re pretty good separately, but the result of putting them together is underwhelming. Rock and roll gets bonus points in my book, though, as you’ll see moving forward. Grandy is also such a nice guy that I feel bad putting his walk-up song this low, but it had to be done.
6. Jay Bruce
Song: Public Service Announcement-Jay Z
This one is caked in symbolism. After a bad first impression last season, Bruce has definitely changed fans’ perspective on him, hence the opening line of the song: “Allow me to re-introduce myself.” Jay Z is one of the cockiest rappers of all time (he once rapped about successfully turning away a police officer when he was pulled over), and that swagger, which oozes out of this song, is contagious, with a thumping beat to boot. It’s just awkward coming from Bruce, who looks like he should be cracking open a cold one with the boys while grilling and calling a little kid “Champ” instead of blasting baseballs into the Coca-Cola Corner. He’s too “dad” to be dope. Still a sick track.
5. Rene Rivera
Song: Despacito-Luis Fonsi
YUGE props to Rene Rivera for staying hip with the times. This song is currently atop the Billboard “Hot 100” in the U.S. despite it’s Hispanic origin. Rivera didn’t play yesterday, but I can just imagine that the 15 second that the song plays is pure gold. White people swaying side-to-side, shoulders as stiff as a board, trying to sing along with the Spanish lyrics even though they only heard it once at Sigma Apple Pi’s Kentucky Derby mixer. Two knocks on this bop, otherwise it would’ve been top three. First, not enough Daddy Yankee. There’s never enough Daddy Yankee. Second, Justin Bieber should just write the lyrics on his hand every day to save himself the embarrassment.
4. Neil Walker
Song: Sure Shot-Beastie Boys
This song is more in line with what I think of when I see Walker and Bruce (dopey looking white guys): old-school rap that was cool when they peaked in high school. Want proof? My step-dad started air-drumming when Walker came up. Every. Single. Time. The Beastie Boys are some of the most important pioneers of rap/hip-hop, and this tune is one of their seminal works. Unlike that Drake garbage that Conforto walks up to, this flute melody is groovy as hell. I like the idea of going up to the plate thinking you’re a sure shot, but you fall at the mercy of Mike D, MCA (RIP), and Ad-Rock if you strike out.
3. Wilmer Flores
Song: I’ll be there for You-The Rembrandts
This ranks this high because of what Wilmer has gone through in the past, including the no-trade and riding the bench despite hitting well and whatnot. The fact that he’s still so happy-go-lucky after being thrown aside by the organization multiple times is astounding. If I were him, my cold heart would have changed my entrance music to some sort of Scandinavian death metal track by now. I also love the Friends connection that Flores holds, which is actually the reason why this song is his walk-up theme. It’s a decent song but gets overrated as the title track for one of the best sitcoms ever (still not better than Seinfeld). Bonus points for everyone in the entire stadium doing the four-clap sequence during the first verse. It’s one of the seldom few times my mother paid attention during the game.
2. Lucas Duda
Song: All Along the Watchtower-The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Little known fact, Hendrix took this song from Bob Dylan, who initially released it on his 1967 album John Wesley Harding. Can’t be number one if you didn’t originate the song, so it falls to the second spot, which really isn’t bad for a song that kind of makes me want to drop acid in the M&M Party Deck. This is such a perfect fit for Duda, too; it’s a driving hard-rock staple with a tasty guitar lick that perfectly suits the massive slice of beef that strolls into the box when it plays. This is probably time that my juices start flowing just based off the song alone. It’s about as badass of a 15-second clip as you can get. It may be too good, though. I get so distracted by this song that I ended up spacing out and missing everything until Duda comes up again, which is a good thing when the Mets play like wussies.
- Yoenis Cespedes
Song: Circle of Life-The Lion King
As if there was ever any doubt. Cespedes might have the greatest walk-up song in baseball. Men and women raise their drinks to the sky with two hands like it’s the blood of Christ, completely disregarding whatever they were doing prior to the start of the song. Cespedes has been on the Disabled List since April 28 with a hamstring injury, but I couldn’t exclude this song from the list. The best thing about the song in this situation is that it literally has no significance to anything baseball-related. It’s a tune designed to make you appreciate the wholesomeness of Earth, and yet Cespedes has turned it into a rallying cry at Citi Field. Just like the old saying goes, “When in doubt, look towards a children’s coming-of-age movie.” Hakuna Bananas, man.